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Watchlist Update – Firmino breaks into forwards selection

After the hectic Christmas schedule came to an end in Gameweek 21, we have finally been able to update our Watchlist.

This feature helps us keep track of the best Fantasy Premier League options to monitor over the coming matches.

It is split by position and uses a variety of factors to decide the rankings.

The top story coming into Gameweek 22 is probably not a huge surprise in that we have given Mohamed Salah (£13.3m) a return to the summit of the midfield section.

The Egyptian’s form is hard to ignore, with three double-figure hauls in his last four matches and appealing fixtures on the horizon. A trip to Brighton this weekend might be harder than some imagine, but home matches against Crystal Palace and Leicester afterwards look like routine outings for Liverpool. In Gameweek 25 and 26, Salah will face the shaky defences on offer at West Ham and Bournemouth.

That means Eden Hazard (£11.1m) drops to second place, partially caused by blanks in both of his last two fixtures. However, we still believe the Chelsea man is a good option long-term with strong underlying statistics and decent fixtures too. Newcastle, Huddersfield and Brighton are the next three players to visit Stamford Bridge, while the defences of Arsenal, Bournemouth and Manchester City, their next three away trips, have been suspect recently.

The biggest riser in the midfield category is Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m) as he sneaks in between Christian Eriksen (£9.3m) and Felipe Anderson (£7.4m) to sit in seventh place. The fixtures are good for Everton, who have Bournemouth, Southampton and Huddersfield as their next three, all of which are vulnerable through the centre. Sigurdsson himself has two goals and an assist in his last three starts. The inclusion of the cheaper Richarlison (£6.9m), who still has a chance of playing out of position as a centre-forward, is the main reason why we can’t really push the Icelandic international any higher.

At the other end of the midfield section, Ryan Fraser (£6.1m) comes back onto the Watchlist to replace Roberto Pereyra (£6.3m). The Bournemouth winger is currently an injury doubt (hamstring), which is why we can’t really put him any higher, but he looks capable of performing very well over the next few weeks if he’s fit. The left-sided midfielder is second for chances created over the last four Gameweeks and faces sides either vulnerable on their right or to ser pieces in each of his next six.

We also see Anthony Martial (£7.3m) drop down several places. The Frenchman has been a victim of Paul Pogba (£8.4m) and striker Marcus Rashford‘s (£7.3m) success.

The forwards’ section has also seen some changes, not least including the removal of Rashford’s injury doubt, although we still see him as a slight rotation risk with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sánchez potentially waiting in the wings.

Harry Kane (£12.6m) remains top of the pile based on his better fixtures compared to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.4m), although it’s a close-run thing between the two strikers.

Raúl Jiménez (£6.4m) and Marko Arnautovic (£6.9m) remain the tried and tested budget forwards, while two new names have joined the forwards ranks just below them.

Roberto Firmino‘s (£9.2m) recent form, four goals in his last two matches, forced him into our thinking. He also benefits from Salah’s favourable fixture run but has registered more penalty box shots than him in the last six Gameweeks.

Threatening to become one of the new cheaper forwards offering excellent value is Ashley Barnes (£5.6m). He comes onto the list in place of the injured (and similarly priced) Danny Ings (£5.6m) having recorded eight shots on target since Gameweek 18. Only Rashford and Pogba have managed more in that time.

Further down, Callum Wilson (£6.7m) drops to the bottom of the list in light of his recent injury doubt, Eddie Howe revealing he has a hamstring problem ahead of Gameweek 22.

Not much has changed in defence, with Andrew Robertson (£6.6m) still the best option as Liverpool’s fixtures carry more clean sheet potential. We were close to adding Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.2m) and encouraging a double-up on the Reds’ backline but we’d like to see which options are fit to line-up in Gameweek 22 before pushing that angle.

Meanwhile, Matt Doherty (£5.2m) and Lucas Digne (£5.2m) remain the cheaper options, although their popularity has seen them both move out of the budget category.

Jan Bednarek (£3.9m) keeps his place on the Watchlist as he continues to hold down a spot in Southampton’s defence. The Polish international has started the last six Premier League matches in a row and can help any Wildcarders spend a little extra elsewhere.

The biggest changes in the Goalkeeper section over December saw Ederson (£5.6m) drop all the way from the top three to the bottom of the pile. Manchester City are now without a clean sheet in eight Gameweeks, making his expensive price not worth paying at all.

Crystal Palace’s new number one Vicente Guaita (£4.2m) offers the best value right now. He appears to be the starting goalkeeper at Selhurst Park and the fixtures indicate there could be more clean sheets on the way for him, including the trip to Southampton in Gameweek 24 and a home match against Fulham in Gameweek 25.

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1,116 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gudjohnsen
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Is it a good move on WC to get a City defender i.e. Ederson?

    Feel they will come good defensively in the next 3-4 games.

    1. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      not sure. I prefer to wait for CSs to happen before investing.

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Thats safe play which I'm not a fan of

        1. Holmes
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          I would prefer to invest in good defense rather than picking and waiting for CSs to arrive. Plus not much to lose if they start keeping CSs, hardly 4-8pts if I'm 2 weeks late 😉

          Defenders are different gravy where not many transfers is supposed to be used, so safe play is important 😛

    2. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Own ederson for the last 11 gw and I always have this punishment feeling I do take him out. It hurts a lot to see city conceding 1 chance and one goal in most of the games.
      Not sure what to do

      1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Took him out. Now I expect to get just a couple of points a week from Patricio. Much less depressing.

    3. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Make a place for Mendy in your plans. :).

  2. TGNC
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Will Barnes be added to FPL before deadline tomorrow?

    1. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      which barnes?

      Burnley one is already on list since day 1

      1. TGNC
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Harvey

        1. tisza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Talented player but probably starting on the bench.

          1. TGNC
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Why recall him then lol. He'll start over Ghezzal

  3. CelticBhoy1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Bench one:

    A) Jimenez

    B) Doherty

    1. TGNC
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Doherty

    2. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      B

    3. ElChapo
        2 months, 7 days ago

        B

      • JabbaWookiee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        B

    4. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Really to decide on 2 out of Kane, Auba and Aguero.

      1. Forget Special, I am the ON…
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Kane & Kun if you can get them.

      2. Pinball Wizard
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Aguero ihas illness so that can make your decision easier.

        Kane has the best fixtures and has been consistent so if you have him it makes no sense moving him out.

        Auba is the more explosive of those and can easily get a hat trick or blank at any gw. So if you get him you need to stick with him for at least 6 GWs

        1. Ole Trafford
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Any one of those 3 can explode with a hat trick any given gw not just Auba.

          I’m on WC so it’s difficult because spurs have Son away now and no Kane saves a decent chunk

    5. Va Fa NGolo
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Ederson Hamer
      Robertson Digne Doherty Alonso AWB
      Hazard Son Richarlison FAnderson Billing
      Kane Jiminez Rashford.

      2FT 1.9 ITB

      Alonso & Son -> Bednarek/Peltier & Salah ?

      1. ElChapo
          2 months, 7 days ago

          not sure on transferring alonso out when he has a home tie against newcastle....if you don't want to waste the transfer, ederson > Guaita. Then next week Alonso > TAA, Son > Salah

      2. Brendidas
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Hazard & Pogba out for Salah & Sané ?

        Not having Salah in my mini-league really punched me in the face last 10 weeks ..

        1. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Keep pogba get Salah

      3. BigBillyBass
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Fancy a huge haul from Salad tomorrow

          1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            I think Brighton are going to give them a right dressing down.

            1. BigBillyBass
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Fantastic

                1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  But I admit, he is probably the cream of the crop.

                  1. BigBillyBass
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      This

                2. Annie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  hugely unlikely

                  1. BigBillyBass
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Not this

                      1. Annie
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        not this

                        1. BigBillyBass
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            fail

                            1. Annie
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              ok chief 🙁

                  2. RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Lettuce see how they line up first

                    1. BigBillyBass
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        Absolutely superb

                      • Mo Mané Mo Problems
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        Yeah this match could be the tip of the iceberg.

                        1. BigBillyBass
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            Jurassic Park

                      • Chasing Waves
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        It Romaines to be seen

                        1. BigBillyBass
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            Top stuff

                      • Big Ping
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        Good afternoon.

                        Is Son, Anderson, Pereyra to Salah, Camarasa, Puncheon for -4 this week a good move or simply awful? Don't wana lose Kane or Haz!

                        1. Pierce34
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Simply awful. 😀

                        2. Peter Ouch
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Hmmmm no!!!

                        3. Big Ping
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Very well. I shall hold off!

                      • Forget Special, I am the ON…
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        No mention of Aguero 😮 in the article

                        1. kalmoffit
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Up to Aguero to provide reminder

                      • Annie
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        Start CHO over Jiminez? Being predicted to start by quite a few Cheslea fans.

                        1. Peter Ouch
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Brave

                          1. Annie
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            chasing

                      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        morata looks like he's fit, hazard fail

                        1. Peter Ouch
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          We wish a Morata Chirstmas and a Hazard new fail

                        2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Loll.Other Chelsea attackers are fit loll

                        3. el polako
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          It dosent mean he will start.

                      • LewanGOALski
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        play Digne (BOU) or Wilson (eve) ?

                        1. fr3ddy
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Digne

                        2. kalmoffit
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Wilson, will he play?

                        3. Peter Ouch
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Digne

                      • #FPLBhuna
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        pep presser live:

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR2Ul9T6g_o

                      • tisza
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        Arnie owners more likely to see a red card than goals this week.
                        Up against Sokratis who he had a fight with when they were on the same team 🙂

                      • Top Lad Dakes.
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        Would you play Camarasa(HUD) in a 442 over Jimenez(mci) in a 433 this week? One starts, one first sub ahead of Billing doherty

                      • AnfieldLad
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        Fab Stek
                        Alonso Robbo Doherty Holebas WB
                        Hazard Sane Richarlison Snodgrass Gunarrasson
                        Kane Rashford Wilson
                        2.4ITB 2FT

                        A) Hazard -> Salah
                        B) Kane + Snodgrass -> Arnie + Salah
                        C) Wilson -> Arnie
                        D) Fab -> Allison
                        E) Something else

                        1. Peter Ouch
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          D

                      • barcaa7
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Hazard to Sterling for free?

                          1. fr3ddy
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            No

                          2. RAFA THE GAFFA
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            Yuck

                          3. Greek Flair
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            Is this a troll

                          4. Jellyfish
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            hell no

                        • CelticBhoy1
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Hi guys am I GTG?

                          Fabianski
                          Digne Robbo Wan-B
                          Pogba Salah(c) Richarlison Haz
                          Jimenez Kane Barnes

                          Subs: Doherty Bennett Hojbjerg

                          1. Peter Ouch
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            Decent

                          2. Jellyfish
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            Dont fancy Fab keeping 'arris out.

                            Whose your reserve keeper?

                        • TGNC
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Best forward option @ 8.1m excluding Rash?

                        • Rinseboy
                          • 7 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Is Son to Sane/Sterling worth a transfer this week?

                          Or save?

                          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            Save. Man U dodgy at the back

                          2. aidmata
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            I think I'm going to do Son to Sterling this week

                        • roflmaofc
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          I've 1 FT:

                          A) Holebas to TAA
                          B) Wilson to Rashford

                        • Jellyfish
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          With Guaita evidently nailed on and a price rise imminent I am seriously considering taking a hit to bring him in for Steele.

                          I wouldn't dream of taking a hit for a GK normally. However with a CS for Fab (my first choice GK) unlikely a hit to bring in Guaita for a hit looks a viable option with the odds of a CD at home to Watford quite high I suggest.

                          Worth doing or no?

                          1. kalmoffit
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            No, waste of a transfer. Esp if AWB already

                            1. Jellyfish
                              • 6 Years
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              Good point, I have AWB and doubling up at the back has nearly always failed for me (Pat and Doh for example)

                          2. Dybala10
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            The odds of that paying off this week are slim.

                        • Greek Flair
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Is Kane to Aguero madness?

                          Agueroes been looking sharp recently and has a nice run too, whilst freeing up money.

                          As reported Aguero is also back in training.

                          1. Jellyfish
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            Not madness, but a few weeks too early for me to consider it. I would want to see evidence that Pep is going to give him regular game time before I did it

                          2. Peter Ouch
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            Diskola

                        • avfc82
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Pep hopes Aguero will be fit for Monday. Sounded pretty positive about his chances.

                          1. Greek Flair
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            He was photo’d in full training today, the fact it’s also a Monday game helps too

                            1. avfc82
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              Yep also said he had returned to training.

                          2. Pinball Wizard
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            Good news 🙂

                        • Peter Ouch
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Ederson to Guaita for free?

                          1. dannyboy25
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              if the money is needed elsewhere yes

                            • jtreble
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              I looked into this: RMT says Ederson out points Guaita by 30 out to GW38. Not for me.

                          2. RAFA THE GAFFA
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            2FTs and 0.4itb. Best option?

                            A. Fab >> Guaita
                            B. Schindler >> Bednarek
                            C. Kola >> TAA

                            Fab
                            Kola • Digne • AWB
                            Haz • Rich • Son • FAnders • Martial
                            Auba(C) • Kane
                            (Button / Schindler / Doherty / Kamara)

                            1. SADIO SANÉ
                              • 3 Years
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              A gives you a kinda turd keeper next week btw (I have both myself)

                              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                I did notice that. Just with Captaining Auba, I’m not happy with Fab really 🙁

                                1. SADIO SANÉ
                                  • 3 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  yeah not ideal - but you never know, he may save an Auba penalty!

                                  1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 2 Years
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    Probs would help me 🙁

                                  2. RAFA THE GAFFA
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 2 Years
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    A Laca pen perhaps 🙂

                                    Which pick then?

                            2. Boxwoods
                              • 1 Year
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              A and c

                          3. dannyboy25
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              any pogba owners consider benching him this week?

                              1. TGNC
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                no

                              2. Peter Ouch
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                Not me

                              3. Özil
                                • 3 Years
                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                Haha no.

                              4. dannyboy25
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  Pretty conclusive haha

                                • HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
                                  • 1 Year
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  Loll no

                                • Typo
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  HAHA

                              5. Ahmed Adam
                                • 1 Year
                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                Which one to Include In wildcard Team Aube or Kane having Hazard, Salah and sane

                                1. Özil
                                  • 3 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  Aubameyang but I might be slightly biased.

                                2. Jᴀʀᴠish
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  Kane - those fixtures!

                              6. tisza
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                This Derby Leeds story getting silly. Guy spying on Derby training turns out to be a Leeds United employee 🙂

                              7. JabbaWookiee
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                A) Keep Aubameyang and Anderson one last week
                                B) Bring in Salah and Rashford for a hit

                                1. Ole Trafford
                                  • 6 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  Thinking of bringing Auba in myself...

                                  A for me

                                  1. JabbaWookiee
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 4 Years
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    I think you're right. Patience has been my undoing this season. Maybe it will be my doing this GW.